Our club has held a car show every Father’s Day weekend since 1989 that is appropriately named the Father’s Day Rod Run (FDRR). It was a two day show but we changed to a Saturday show in 2017.
In the past, it was a pre-49 show. In 2013 we opened registration to all cars, trucks, jeeps and specialty vehicles.
After several years of complaints about hot blacktop and lack of shade, we moved the show to Christina Park in Lakeland in 2016. The park is located at the intersection of 540A and South Florida Avenue about 3 miles south of the Polk Parkway. The park has lots of grass, trees, shade and an enclosed pavilion. All those who attended the show in the last several years really liked the location. Therefore, we will be going back to Christina Park for future shows.
We do not have a host hotel for the show. If you need a hotel, there are several hotels located close to Christina Park.
In addition to a "goodie bag", each registrant is given a plaque which contains a dash plaque of the event and a picture of their car at the event.
All of the activities that were done at the two day show are bring done at the one day show. Some of the activities at the show include a live DJ, games, a 50/50, a silent auction and door prizes. The top five cars at the show are selected and given a special award. See program below for more details.
Pictures from prior FDRR shows can be seen under the Photo Gallery tab.
2022 FATHER'S DAY ROD RUN
Our 33nd annual Father's Day Rod Run was held on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Christina Park in Lakeland. The weather was sunny but the many trees and the grass provided a comfortable day for all in attendance until the rains came at 3:30 pm. 120 vehicles and 4 vendors attended. Everyone enjoyed the music, food, games, prizes and free watermelon. Lots of folks said they will be back next year.
HERE ARE PICTURES OF THE JACKETS AWARDED TO EACH OF OUR TOP 5 PICKS AT THE SHOW:
2023 FATHER'S DAY ROD RUN
Saturday, June 17, 2023
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Registration 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Christina Park in Lakeland
At the intersection of Co Rd 540A and South Florida Avenue (FL-37) about 3 miles south of the Polk Parkway
There are two was to register for the show. Pre-registration can be done by obtaining a registration form, filling it out and mailing it in. Day of the show registration can be done at Christina Park. Registration at Christina Park will be from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 17. Please click on one of the images below to download an event registration form or an event flyer. Click on one of the other the images below to download a donation request letter, go to our major sponsor website or go to our charity's website.
Winter Wonder Car Show
After several years of bad weather and poor attendance, we canceled our Annual Winter Wonder car, truck and Jeep show.
Our 1st Annual Poker Run was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020. It was open to all vehicles. Signup began at 9 AM at Rick's BBQ in Winter Haven, FL. First vehicle was out at 10 AM. The runs ended in Winter Haven at the monthly car show. Last vehicle was in at 3 PM. The run was 86 miles with 4 stops. Hands were $20 each. There was music, food, drinks and dash plaques for the first 100 entries.
Proceeds benefited the "On The Edge" Charity Foundation a non profit children's organization which provides free water ski adventures for children with disabilities. All participants enjoyed a great day riding the back roads of Polk county. Click
HERE to see the Poker Run flyer.
We may hold another Poker Run in the future if we find enough interest.